FREAK Shots: The Mystery of the Banana Stand

A reader named William Kearney describes the following mystery, which puzzles him every day:

Outside my building there is a woman with a fruit stand. Everything is normal about this fruit stand except for the fact that the BSL [Banana Stand Lady] will sell you two bananas for $1 and will sell you three bananas for $1! They are the same exact bananas (see attached picture) and the signs and stacks of bananas are literally one foot away from each other. I have done multiple double blind studies to test the quality of both piles of bananas and they really are the exact same. However, BSL gets upset if you try to get the three bananas from the two-banana pile.


Mysterious indeed. Readers, what could possibly be going through the BSL’s head? Is she perhaps a grad student working on a behavioral thesis?

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  1. nyet says:

    maybe the 3-4-1 bananas are a couple of days old compared to the fresh 2-4-1 bananas.

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  2. George Bluth says:

    There’s a lot of money in the banana stand.

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  3. Jay says:

    There is always money in the banana stand!!!

    -George Bluth

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  4. PP says:

    The picture doesn’t seem to show any glaring differences, but presumably Banana Stand Lady thinks the 3/$1 bananas are inferior in some way (size, ripeness, etc.).

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  5. Banana for Bananas says:

    My guess would be that the price difference has to do with where the bananas came from. I often shop at Whole Foods, and they occasionally do the same thing–bananas from Peru are less expensive than bananas from Brazil (I think–I could have it backwards), even though they taste exactly the same.

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  6. Bobby G says:

    There’s always money in the banana stand.

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  7. Ed Q says:

    There’s always money in the banana stand

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  8. Adam says:

    There’s always money in the banana stand.

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